Bostwick House, the historic 18th-century home and site located in Bladensburg, Maryland, has served as a “living classroom” for the University’s Historic Preservation Graduate Program for more than five years. Now a new website, created by the program, opens the home’s figurative front door to the world.
Assistant Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation Michele Lamprakos and Nancy Um of Binghamton University organized an international symposium and roundtable in February, entitled, “Heritage and the Arab Spring,” at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The event brought together archaeologists, anthropologists, architects, architectural historians and preservation specialists to explore the role of cultural heritage in a new and shifting Middle East.
MAPP is pleased to welcome Dr. Dennis Pogue as interim director of the Historic Preservation Program this semester, while Director Don Linebaugh takes sabbatical leave. Pogue, who is also an adjunct associate professor of historic preservation at UMD, has more than 30 years’ experience in historical archaeology, historic preservation and museums, including a prominent 25-year stint at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens.
Each year, a million people from around the world visit Mount Vernon, Virginia, to explore the history of the home of first U.S. president, George Washington. Yet few visitors have the opportunity to experience Washington’s historic plantation the way a handful of students will this summer: exploring the grounds in a very literal way as part of an archeological and preservation project, unearthing parts of the estate that haven’t been touched since the 1700s.
Alumna Kristin Britanik (MHP ‘09) co-authored an article for The Root this past July with literary critic and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The article, entitled “Did Africans Immigrate to Jim Crow America?” addresses a reader question about tracing the roots of her great-great-grandfather, who willingly immigrated to the United States during post-Civil War segregation, or the Jim Crow era.